Holiday Meal Trial Run & Taste Test Fun

Holiday Meal Trial Run & Taste Test Fun

You want to change it up this year, but you want to know what you’re doing. Here’s how.


The holidays are around the corner, and they bring a lot of traditional meals with them.

We all have our proven, tried-and-true dishes, and they’re helpful to lean on this time of year. But what if you’re thinking of integrating some non-traditional options? Maybe mix and match some proteins with veggies? Or, take a new spin on an old favorite? Now is the time to take that test drive and ask your family to weigh in. They are the best guinea pigs!

So tap your family between now and then – to get honest feedback and prepare for those holiday meals – and they’ll have some fun trying your new dishes along the way.

Poultry Passion
If you’re playing around with how to cook the main bird, try to get your T-Day game together ahead of time so you’re ready for a win.

Instead of experimenting with a 20-pound turkey now, try new techniques on smaller poultry – chicken, game hen or even duck. Each of these types of poultry is typically cooked differently, so it won’t be an exact dress rehearsal for the big day. But you can get a good idea of flavors worth trying. Plus, you’ll get to switch up family dinners a bit.

Bird-less Bounty
It may be blasphemy in some homes, but consider some different kinds of meat this year. Choose what you want the main dish to be. Check out our articles on how to select and prepare:

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Veggie Variants
We’ve got beet salad. We’ve got asparagus. We’ve got bacon-wrapped green beans and green bean pasta salad and five-bean salad. We’ve got sweet potato drop biscuitsfrench fries and even doughnuts (yes, sweet potato doughnuts).

We’ve got plenty of quick and easy recipes you can try out this month so you’re not crunched for time.

Mix and Match
You have options. And on the day of the big family meal your spread can be whatever you want it to be. Maybe you want fish with your Brussels sprouts. Maybe you want a Thanksgiving of pork belly and ratatouille . Maybe you cook a smaller turkey this year – two hours of cooking instead of at least four, freeing up the oven for some pork, beef or baked sides. Or maybe you want to offer three different cranberry sauces.

Choose your own traditions. Make the day what you want it to be. Just keep in mind: It’s never too soon to start prepping and taste testing.

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Sorry Sprator; can't believe we forgot this! It's super easy to make so we've added the recipe below for you. Let us know what you think!

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2 pounds of Brussel Sprouts, halved 1/2 pound bacon, diced 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1 small white onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, peeled & diced 1. In a medium pan, blanch sprouts in boiling water. Drain & reserve 2. In a large pan, cook the bacon. Remove it & place on a paper towel 3. Cook the onion & garlic in the bacon fat, about 2 minutes, stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn 4. Add Sprouts to the onion mixture, stirring for 3-4 minutes 5. Add the vinegar & reduce it by 1/2. Fold in bacon

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You have a very good looking picture of Brussels sprouts, but where is the receipe?

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